How long have you been working for Second Harvest?
I began shortly after the 4th of July this year, almost 5 months!
What were you doing before working for Second Harvest?
Prior to Second Harvest, I was the Assistant Director of Operations with a grassroots basketball organization. We ran tournaments and camps across the country for high-level middle school and high school students. As Assistant Director of Operations, I booked hotels, staffed events, managed equipment inventory, sales, and video breakdown.
What does your job entail?
As the PA Senior Food Box Program (PASB) Coordinator, each day is very unique and provides different challenges. I am one of two coordinators who are responsible for the day-to-day administrative duties and overall program management. This includes organizing distributions, assisting with the delivery schedules, enrolling new participants, providing customer service, maintaining records and reports, tracking inventory, and overseeing two monthly packs with our outstanding volunteers!
What is your favorite part about your job?
The people! Going out in the community to distribute boxes with the seniors that we serve, working with our dedicated agency coordinators, the passionate front office and warehouse staff, and the selfless volunteers really make the job very fulfilling and enjoyable!
What is something you wish everyone knew about food insecurity?
The importance of quality education. Providing and distributing food is very important, but having the proper education and guidance on how to function in different aspects of life has a dramatic impact on food insecurity. If people have to focus more time on finding work, providing for their families, or paying bills, then this will likely increase the likelihood that making quality food choices or having quality food access will suffer.
What do you like to do when you are not at work?
I enjoy being with family and friends, trying different foods, golfing, and skiing.
What is your life motto?
Everything happens for a reason